WATCH: LeBron James Brings Back the Iconic Chalk Toss Ritual on His Return to Cleveland

Published 01/25/2021, 10:19 PM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James and the LA Lakers face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. This marks their franchise legend LBJ’s first game back in Cleveland since November 2018. Can LeBron lead the Lakers past his former team?

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Both sides are fighting neck to neck as the Lakers are leading the game at halftime by seven points. So far, LeBron James has put on a show while scoring 23 of the Lakers’ 65 points in the first two quarters. However, the most exciting moment in the fixture came right before the game started.

LBJ brought back his signature chalk toss pre-game ritual vs his former team. Over the years, fans have become accustomed to Bron’s iconic chalk toss ritual. However, since joining the purple and gold, this celebration has been fading away.

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Following this, LeBron went on an insane scoring streak, which ended with the Lakers leading the game 34-23. This lead was courtesy of their superstar James as he went 4-of-5 from the deep in the first quarter!

But since that scoring outburst, the Lakers have gone a little cold from the field. Can they finish things off on a high note vs the Cavaliers? We will have our answer soon.

Is LeBron James the favorite to win MVP this season?

Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates his three-point basket with center Montrezl Harrell (15) in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Despite turning 36-years-old, LeBron is yet to show any significant signs of decline. In fact, he seems to have gotten even better. James has been shooting consistently from the three-point line, which was a major flaw in his game.

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Furthermore, thanks to LeBron’s heroics, the Lakers have the best record in the league so far. If he and the Lakers can maintain this form for the entire season, it is hard to see any other player beating LBJ in the MVP race.

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What are your thoughts on LeBron James‘ season so far? Can he continue his phenomenal start to the season?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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